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1977 1978 1979 Thunderbird progress

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Thank you all for your kind comments.

The body and exterior parts have been completed. The chassis is JoHan 72 Torino with added catyletic converters. The taillight and front parking lights will be cast in clear resin.  The interior and glass buck will be made once the body is cast. The red on the roof is textured paint to simulate a vinyl top.

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Wow Paul, you are really doing some great masters! I will be looking for the T'Bird, definitely a favorite from the era.

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Brilliant, simply brilliant Paul. 

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Simply Incredible !!! If this does become available for purchase please let us know how much !!! And would you be including the grille and taillights for the 79 as it is completely different ???

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I was wondering what you used for textured paint to simulate the vinyl top?

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Nothing left to say..... it is a magnificent job of recreating a vehicle model that hasn't been done before.  I am completely impressed.  Personally, I never cared for these cars when they were produced, I always thought that Ford had two sets of designers working on the car..... one was responsible for the doors forward, and one for the doors rearward, and they never met to compare notes until the two sections were put together.  But hey, that is just me.... regardless, you must be very proud of the work you have done here.  It has taken a long time and the final result makes it all worth while..... This is what I think modeling is all about..... most anyone can assemble a kit and make it look great, but not everyone can create from nothing.... that is a true skill, and that separates you from the pack. ...... great job!   World-class!

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The low rider crowd is very excited to get there hands on this long awaited car. Best of luck moving forward with this project Paul. 

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Don Holthaus had a selection of 3 kits for sale at the big NNL a couple weeks ago, the Thunderbird was one of them. 

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10 hours ago, Can-Con said:

Don Holthaus had a selection of 3 kits for sale at the big NNL a couple weeks ago, the Thunderbird was one of them. 

Of the Modelhaus fame?  I wonder if it is one of those special projects he mentioned that he would still take on after closing Modelhaus.

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This is awesome I can not believe how great it is turning out I love it.!!!

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13 hours ago, peteski said:

Of the Modelhaus fame?  I wonder if it is one of those special projects he mentioned that he would still take on after closing Modelhaus.

Yes, Modelhaus  ,,but,, Yea, I guess so.

The person who posted the pic, it was of the T-bird and 2 other kits, said Don will only be selling  30 or 50 of each kit. I can't remember which it was now. 

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I love to get my hands on one of the T-bird kits, but it looks like it will be an "unobtanium".  That sucks! :angry:

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21 hours ago, yellowsportwagon said:

How is one supposed to purchase one of these?

X2 I'd like one very much  ... 😇👍🏼

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Thanks for your continued interest guys... still only have the one copy I took to the Toledo NNL, and have been waiting for the photo etch work since last May. They will be available, just can't say when.

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Great to hear! Thanks again, lots of folks appreciate the craftsmanship that went into this! We'll be waiting...

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